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About Theo Stewart

I am a dog Behaviourist having helped over 3000 dog owners over sixteen years (INTODogs - ICAN Companion Animal Behaviourist) and trainer covering Beds, Herts, Cambs and Bucks, a 'Victoria Stilwell' Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT) and a full member of the IMDT. Graduate ISCP, International School for Canine Practitioners. My main site: www.dogidog.co.uk

Stepping Stones to Calm and Confident Walks. A Chaining Game for Reconstructing Walks

This is a new game that I’ve developed to help people whose walk is an emotional crisis for their dog. It’s for dogs that are manic, over-excited and over-reactive, making walks a nightmare. It’s for dogs that are scared or … Continue reading

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Silence is Golden

There is a lot nowadays in books and the media about humans reading the language of dogs, a pioneer of this being Turid Rugaas in her book On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals.  There is less said about how … Continue reading

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Ten Proven Ways to Achieve Aggression in Your Dog

In no particular order. ONE: Be confrontational TWO: Steal things off her THREE: Interfere with his food while he’s eating FOUR: Overdo contact sports FIVE: Use physical force SIX: Assume she wants to be touched especially when she’s resting SEVEN: … Continue reading

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A Behaviourist? What should that word really mean?

A ‘Behaviourist’ is about much more than letters gained through college. Some things can’t be learnt at university alone. Wikipedia vaguely says: ‘A dog behaviourist is a person who works in modifying or changing behaviour in dogs. They can be … Continue reading

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You and Your Dog’s Uniqueness. (A word in the ear of first Time Dog Owners)

Your uniqueness. In choosing your canine friend, your first dog, I hope you did your research well or chose a responsible rescue. Wherever your new friend came from, whatever his or her start in life, she’s yours now. She’s living … Continue reading

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“Are you a Cesar Millan or a Victoria Stilwell?”

I’ve just spoken to a lady on the phone who had asked a trainer, “Are you a Cesar Millan or a Victoria Stilwell?” and it got me thinking. These two polarise people’s perceptions with the dark side still holding their … Continue reading

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Mental Health and Wellbeing is for dogs too.

In these days of lockdown, we constantly hear about how the mental health of us humans can be affected. Have you thought how many of our dogs live their lives all the time? Eight-week-old puppies deprived company, many older dogs … Continue reading

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Scared of the Car. Will he ‘just get used to it?’. Maybe. Maybe not.

YOUR PUPPY (OR DOG) IS SCARED IN THE CAR This could be due to motion sickness, to fear or to both. If the dog feels ill each time he travels, then that is enough to make him fearful of getting … Continue reading

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How do we ‘Socialise’ our puppies whilst either in lock-down or social distancing?

Could we perhaps, by looking at things a bit differently, turn this situation into an advantage? Two words: Habituate and Socialise Habituate means ‘make or become accustomed or used to something’. Socialise means ‘mixing sociably with others’. They both take … Continue reading

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TV – Do our dogs love it or do they endure it?

To take this photograph I have been searching for a football match on TV – a first! Many of the people I visit have their TVs on all the time, whether or not they are watching anything.  They leave television … Continue reading

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